Huskies Conclude Homestand Wednesday vs. CMU

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Feb. 11, 2014

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Northern Illinois Huskies (10-12, 4-6 MAC) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (8-14, 1-9 MAC)
Date / Time: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 / 7 p.m. CT
Site: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb, Ill. • WJOL 1340-AM in Joliet, Ill. • WRMN 1410-AM in Elgin, Ill. • NIUTube (
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All-time Series: NIU leads 50-46
Last Meeting: March 2, 2013 • Central Michigan, 69-50

• NIU ranks 43rd nationally in scoring defense (64.3 ppg) and 73rd in rebounding margin (+3.6).
Aksel Bolin ranks first in the MAC in three-point percentage during league play, connecting on 48.1 percent (13-of-27) of his triple tries. Bolin is averaging 9.6 points per game in conference play.
Travon Baker has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games; he is averaging 11.1 points per game in conference play. Baker is also averaging 2.4 steals per contest in league play, tied for the most in the MAC with Quinten Rollins of Miami.  
Pete Rakocevic is shooting 62.5 percent from the field over the past five games.
Aksel Bolin is averaging 12.5 points per game over his last four games, shooting 57.7 percent from the field during that stretch.
Jordan Threloff is averaging 10.7 points per game over the last six games, shooting 57.5 percent from the field.
• The Huskies are playing the final game of a three-game homestand, their longest since opening the season with five consecutive home games. Following Wednesday’s game, NIU will have just three regular season home games remaining.
Aaric Armstead is averaging 7.2 points per game in 11 games since replacing an injured Dontel Highsmith in the starting lineup. In league play, Armstead is tied for fifth among freshmen in scoring (6.8 ppg) and ranks fourth in rebounding (3.5 rpg).
Aksel Bolin has appeared 104 games during his NIU career, but saw his streak of 86 consecutive games snapped at Ball State due to illness. The NIU record for career games played in 117, by Anthony Maestranzi and Todd Peterson (2002-06).
• The Huskies have won five road games this season, the most for the program since winning six in 2005-06.
• The Huskies have lost 43 man games due to injury this season, not including redshirts, and are currently dressing just eight scholarship players.

• Central Michigan comes to DeKalb with an 8-14 overall record, 1-9 in the MAC under second-year head coach Keno Davis.
• Chris Fowler is the leading scorer for the Chippewas, averaging 17.9 points per game, third-best in the MAC. John Simons is Central Michigan’s other scorer averaging double figures at 11.0 points per contest.
• Central Michigan has attempted 546 three-point field goals this season, the most in the MAC by 52 attempts over No. 2 Kent State (494). The Chippewas rank seventh in the conference, shooting 31.3 percent from three-point range.

• Central Michigan claimed a 69-50 victory on March 2, 2013 at the NIU Convocation Center.
Darrell Bowie and Aksel Bolin each scored 11 points for NIU and Travon Baker dished out a career-best six assists.
• Chris Fowler scored a game-high 16 points for Central Michigan.
• The Chippewas shot 57.1 percent in the second half after shooting just 38.1 percent in the opening 20 minutes. CMU outscored NIU, 41-25, in the second half.

• NIU leads the all-time series against Central Michigan, 50-46. The Huskies hold a 35-13 advantage all-time in DeKalb.
• The Huskies and Chippewas have split two meetings in each of the last two seasons. Last year the road team won both games with NIU winning in Mt. Pleasant (74-61) on Jan. 23, 2013 and CMU winning in DeKalb (69-50) on March 2, 2013.
• NIU’s win in Mt. Pleasant last year was its first road win over the Chippewas since 2006.
• Central Michigan has won 12 of the last 15 meetings overall in the series, including eight-straight from Jan. 13, 2007 to Jan. 23, 2010.

• Coming off of three-straight wins in which they had trailed by double digits, NIU’s comeback attempt against Western Michigan fell just short, falling to the Broncos, 74-71 (Feb. 9)
• The Huskies fell behind by as many as 16 points, 63-47, with just over 12 minutes to play. NIU rallied to within a pair, 73-71, in the final minute but was unable to complete the comeback.
• Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by 16 points from Jordan Threloff. Aaron Armstead (14), Travon Baker (12) and Darrell Bowie (11) also reached double figures for the Huskies.
• NIU tied a season-low with 27 rebounds against the Broncos as the Huskies were outrebounded, 37-27.



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